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Old 14th July 2009, 12:07   #16
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Concise review + pictures. Congrats on the Jetta!
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If you had a head-on 40 to 60 kph crash where the frontal damage was severe, why did the airbags not activate? I'd be concerned.
It's not the first time Skoda has faltered in operation of Airbags. If you were to look at our car, you would be surprised how driver (yours truly) survived that too without Airbags.


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The Jetta met your needs to the T! Just askin', did you test the Sonata at all?
I did test drive Sonata and found it very apt to my liking but not so much to my father's calculations. His reasons were:

1. Brand to Brand, VW is bigger.
2. Current sales of Sonata would make it a very difficult proposition in re-sale market.
3. Interiors were a little bit of letdown, not in features or design, but simply in terms of quality.
4. Finally, Hyundai is a competing brand (we are auto-dealers ourselves!)

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VW has performed consistently better than Skoda in our ownership reviews. Your experience shows that there are still some loose ends. VW better make amends, they cannot afford to mess up the aftersales.
After-sales experience was largely due to dealer and a dealer who is infamous for bringing down many great brands (FIAT, to name the latest). I seriously hope they put their act together this time. Guess what, The same dealer has BMW in Jaipur.

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Zero maintenance + zero interest finance makes for a killer deal! Gotta love it when newer players go all out to entice customers.
This deal made VW actually cheaper than a Skoda! Wait till someone in UK/Germany hears about this.
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Old 14th July 2009, 16:10   #17
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I did test drive Sonata and found it very apt to my liking but not so much to my father's calculations. His reasons were:

1. Brand to Brand, VW is bigger.
Alas, the Sonata's single most limitation to success!

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2. Current sales of Sonata would make it a very difficult proposition in re-sale market.
What came first : The chicken or the egg?

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This deal made VW actually cheaper than a Skoda! Wait till someone in UK/Germany hears about this.
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Old 14th July 2009, 16:15   #18
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Congrats on the Jetta, Akhilesh! I wish you many memorable and happy miles driving it.

I had a Jetta in the same colour when I was in Canada. Only difference was mine was a 2.5L 5 cylinder Petrol with 150bhp.
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One Question:

I ve noticed when a VW Jetta is reversing, only one Reverse Lamp comes on - the rear left side one.
Two Jetta's I know of have this point.
Is this designed to be like this or is it a birth defect in the cars concerned?

Remember the first Ikons used to have this same issue -Ford had provided only one reversing lamp - left side rear. Is it the same with the Jetta or is it programmed that only the left rear lamp works?

Look forward to replies.
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i think it comes with one one reverse lamp, many cars come with single reverse lamp. i guess SX4 also has single reverse lamp.
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Doesn't the Jetta have the single rear fog lamp on the RHS tail lamp assembly? That's probably why.
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Doesn't the Jetta have the single rear fog lamp on the RHS tail lamp assembly? That's probably why.
LHD habits die hard?
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Well, they haven't bothered to switch stalks. Why bother with the tail lamp assemblies?
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Well, they haven't bothered to switch stalks. Why bother with the tail lamp assemblies?
What are stalks?
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What are stalks?
The sticks under the steering wheel
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Hi akhilesh,

How much is the finance term?
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Awesome Car Akhilesh, now let us on it. Which brand of cars do you deal in?


@ Immortalz. I have no issues with the stalk arrangement on these cars. In fact i prefer it that way. Rotating between the Germans and the Japs/Koreans is a pain though!!
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Congrats on the awesome buy.

I guess, I would be happy sacrificing features for fit n finish in my car. Different opinions abound though.

@Akhilesh
Which company are you guys dealers for?

The Airbags not opening is somewhat scary. I wonder what would be the right way to escalate this issue. If I spend 1 lac extra on buying a trim level that has them, I really expect them to work.

Skoda has become so shoddy that we seem to have gotten tired of criticizing them.
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Hi Akhilesh,
Can you share servicing related info. re your Jetta?
I would like to follow service instructions as per the manual, but would likie to know about your experiences in this regard- oil changes, oil type selection and the reasons, any precautions over and above those mentioned in the owners' manual and so on....
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I'm wondering on what made you to buy a car with a previous generation engine, have heard that the PD engine vibrates more and is noisier than its common rail counterparts.

Anyways, congrats on your new buy and have a great drive ahead!
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